The Big Lead- “He’s a fantastic offensive weapon when split out. But when he’s an in-line tight end, it’s not perception, it is fact. He is unwilling and incapable to hold up in the run game as an in-line tight end,” Dilfer said. “He’s more of a spectator than a blocker. They’re averaging zero yards per carry when he lines up as an in-line tight end.” […]
“He’s a queen tight end. He’s the opposite of what I used to be playing against,” Lewis said, explaining that when Tony Gonzalez played for the Chiefs they would never run to his side of the field. “When you have this type of deficiency in your offense,” Lewis said, “this can take away your identity without you even knowing it takes away your identity.”
Call off the dogs! Call off the dogs! As a Saints fan, I enjoy the hardships that Jimmy Graham is facing in Seattle as much as anybody else. Especially after his ungrateful ass made a point of telling Akiem Hicks that it's a blessing to get out of New Orleans. However, this? This is too much! A queen? A QUEEN?!? Good lord, that's just flat out mean spirited. That's not to say that they don't make solid points. The fact that Seattle is averaging 0 yards per carry when Jimmy Graham stays in to block is no coincidence, and he really is just a receiver in a tight end's body. However, everyone should have known this before he was traded to Seattle. Did people think that Sean Payton split him out wide all the time just for the fuck of it? I'll admit I didn't think he was this bad at blocking...
...but I would be lying if I said I was surprised. People keep pointing out that Jimmy Graham was used more efficiently in New Orleans, and that's true, but it's only true because Sean Payton didn't make him do things he sucks at doing. He caught a million balls and a hundred touchdowns because that's literally the only way he could have a positive impact on the offense. Now granted, in a league that's become increasingly enamored with the passing attack that's a hell of a positive impact, but it should have been pretty obvious that going to a run oriented offense was going to make Graham's flaws more glaring. Just because NFL analysts were too busy jerking their dicks to the thought of Jimmy Graham being added to a Super Bowl caliber team this offseason doesn't mean we should already have him in an elaborate gown and a tiara just four weeks into his tenure in Seattle. All he's done thus far is prove that he is exactly what everyone that ever watched him play knew he was. A great receiver, a terrible blocker, and a player that tends to be ineffective against physical coverage. It's not his fault that people expected more than he is capable of.
Hey Jimmy, is it still a blessing to be out of New Orleans? You know, the franchise that kept you out of situations where you could potentially embarrass yourself. The franchise that let you play full-time wide receiver even though you were a tight end. Say what you want about New Orleans Jimmy, but when you were there the worst criticism you got was from your own fanbase when you disappeared in close games. Now your failures as a player are turning into a weekly talking point. Hell, you're turning into a weekly blooper reel. Even Trent Dilfer can't help from piling on! I'm not sure I would be throwing the word "blessing" around too frivolously, because four weeks in and it's looking more and more like a curse. I can't even hate you like I should, because now I just feel bad for you. Shit, regardless of the records, I am ready to proclaim this trade a win based off the fact that none of players the Saints acquired were called a queen on national television. Then again, the Saints didn't acquire a second string tight end that couldn't block a pop-ad if it had any intention of tackling his running back.